UNC women too much for Coppin State

The Baltimore Sun

Reserve Jessica Breland scored a career-high 19 points and No. 7 North Carolina routed visiting Coppin State, 92-63, last night.

Latoya Pringle added 15 and Rashanda McCants 13 points for North Carolina (4-0) in the Women's National Invitational Championship. Breland, who wears braces, left the game late in the second half after cutting the inside of her mouth.

Rashida Suber scored 30 to lead Coppin State (2-2). She hit 13-of-24 from the field.

North Carolina Point guard Alex Miller left the game after she slipped at the end of a fastbreak and injured her left knee while going up on an uncontested layup attempt.

Pringle shot 5-for-6 from the field and Breland made five of seven shots as North Carolina built a 50-41 lead at halftime.

The score was 60-50 before Eagles point guard Shalamar Oakly picked up her fifth foul on a charge. Coppin State then turned the ball over in nine of its next 10 possessions while North Carolina blew open the game on a 24-3 run.

The Tar Heels out-rebounded Coppin State, 47-31, led by Erlana Larkins with 10.

Suber brought the Eagles to 17-15 with 13:52 left in the first half, but Coppin State turned the ball over in six of its next 10 possessions.

Breland scored 10 points in a 16-3 North Carolina run, capped by a three-pointer by Heather Claytor that put North Carolina on top 33-18 with 9:12 left in the half.

Syracuse plays Coppin State today in the three-day Women's National Invitational Championship, and host North Carolina faces Syracuse on Sunday.

James Madison 74, UMBC 61 -- Melissa Book scored a career-high 14 points and was 4-for-4 from three-point range in a losing effort for the host Retrievers (1-3). The game was tied, 6-6, after four minutes of play before the Dukes (3-0) scored eight in a row to take a 14-6 lead at the 12:40 mark. But seven straight points by junior guard Chantay Frazier sparked an 11-5 UMBC run to close back to within two, 19-17, with 7:30 remaining. The Dukes countered with a 10-2 run of their own to open up a 10-point lead with under three minutes to play in the first half before junior guard Morgan Hatten drilled a three-pointer, igniting an 8-2 Retrievers spurt to finish the first half which cut James Madison's lead to four points, 31-27. Frazier led all scorers with nine points in the first half and added a team-high five rebounds. Lauren Jimenez led JMU with seven points, while Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Player of the Year Tamera Young had a game-high seven rebounds to lead the Dukes, who posted 30 boards in the first half. After the Dukes jumped out to a 46-32 lead with a 15-5 run to open the second half, Book drained back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to single digits with 14:40 to play. But a 17-4 spurt by JMU put the game out of reach, 63-44, with 7:41 to play. Book and Frazier scored a team-high 14 points apiece, and Frazier finished with six rebounds. Butler added 12 points, four assists and two blocks. Kisha Stokes led all scorers with 16 points for James Madison.

Towson 76, Norfolk State 55 -- Kandace Davis led a trio of double-digit scorers with 12 points as the visiting Tigers (2-0) beat the Spartans (0-1). Towson built a 10-point lead at the half by shooting 35.3 percent from the floor. Norfolk State's Areya Walker led all scorers with 19.

College of Notre Dame 77, Hollins 68 -- Kendra Baldwin had a game-high 18 points as the Gators (1-0) beat Hollins (0-1) in the opening round of the Women's Colleges Tip-Off Tournament. Emily Long led Hollins with 13.

Denison 54, Salisbury 40 -- Monica Markle had 12 points in a losing effort for the Sea Gulls (0-1) at the Marymount Tournament. Denison's Sarah Perrine led all scorers with 14 points.


St. Mary's 102, Mitchell 65 -- Tyson Lesesne (Edgewood) poured in 28 points in leading the Seahawks (1-0) past the Pequots at the 27th annual Eastern Connecticut State University Tip-Off Tournament. The win marks the first opening victory since the 2004-5 season. St. Mary's advances to today's championship at 3 p.m.

Shenandoah 87, Frostburg State 68 -- The Hornets (1-0) registered their fourth straight opening victory, this one over the Bobcats (0-1) in the Jimmy V Classic. Tied 30-30 with five minutes left, Shenandoah scored the final 14 points to seal the win. Jeremiah Lawrence led Frostburg with 21 points.

Bowie 75, Cheyney 53 -- Emanuel Witherspoon scored a game-high 18 points, and Carlos Williams and Ella Ella each contributed 13 points, and host Bowie State defeated Cheyney in the Bulldogs Classic. Ella came off the bench and grabbed 10 rebounds for Bowie (1-0). Robbie Simpson and Jeremey Pittman scored 12 points each for Cheyney (0-1).

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